And the Minnesota's Retail Champions winners are....

Outstanding Achievement: Maureen Bausch, Minnesota Super Bowl Committee

Outstanding achievement is the symbol of knowledge and learning, providing the creative spark for future growth and development. The MN Retail community has grown and prospered because of the creative spark and dedication of many, but there are some individuals whose selfless efforts and devotion to the industry are monumental.

Elected Offical of the Year: Minneapolis City Councilmember Blong Yang

The MnRA Elected Official of the Year Award is presented to a current elected official who has demonstrated a high level of interest and support of the retail industry, our members and their businesses, and pending legislation which could affect our industry and our members.

Vendor Partner of the Year: Master Technology Group

The MnRA Vendor Partner of the Year Award brings annual recognition to a retail vendor partner for outstanding craftsmanship, creativity, product safety aware, social responsibility and service to retailers.

Retailer of the Year: Norby's

The MnRA Retailer of the Year Award brings annual recognition to a retailer store or shopping center for outstanding marketing creativity, secure supply chain, social responsibility and customer experience/service for the shopping public. The organization has exhibited outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to the retail industry and the community.

Retail Community of the Year: Hopkins Business & Civic Association

The MnRA Retail Community of the Year Award brings annual recognition to a community for outstanding support of retailers.

Retail Employee of the Year: Brooke Borg, 36 Lyn Refuel Station

The MnRA Retail Employee of the Year Award recognizes an individual who quietly and humbly makes their retail company a better place to be. They exhibit first in class customer care, empathy for their fellow colleagues, always go the extra yard.

Social Responsibility: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The MnRA Social Responsibility award recognizes a company dedicated to making the world a smarter, safer, healthier and more sustainable place. Do you put the spirit of community into the daily operations of your company? Show us how corporate social responsibility is woven into the fabric of your company.

Tell us how these efforts have made a difference in your company. Tell us how you get employees engaged. Your company is leading the charge on social responsibility initiatives such as:


Green Initiatives: environmental practices, green programs inside or outside of the organization. Examples include, but are not limited to recycling, social using local and recycled materials, switching to alternative fuels, improving air and water quality, waste minimization and energy efficiencies.

 Sustainability: commitment to environmental responsibility by protecting the supply of natural resources. Examples include, but are not limited to, renewable forestry practices, campus planning to preserve green space, use of renewable resources, water reclamation and reducing carbon footprint.

 Ethics in Business: Ethical companies produce commerce based on conscience and care. These companies are concerned with safety, diversity and fairness. They engage in socially sensitive purchasing and do business with eco-friendly suppliers.

Company Social Responsibility/Other

If you feel that none of the categories above fits your nomination, feel free to come up with your own category and write it on the nomination.

Best Place to Work: Thrifty White Pharmacy

The MnRA Best Place to Work Award recognizes an outstanding employer in retail.  A company that truly cares about it’s employees. A culture where employees feel valued and respected creating trust, pride and camaraderie. Is your company a place where you punch the clock and it is more about winning, more about collaborating and more about the work than the paycheck.

Retail Innovation: Duluth Pack

The MnRA Retail Innovation Award recognizes companies and people who bring new ideas to life. Whether that idea is big or small, these ideas change the way we experience retail and create new ways to reach and engage a company’s audiences (employees, customers, the community).

Customer Experience: Uffda Shop

The MnRA Retail Customer Experience Award recognizes a retail company that is delivering “WOW” factors so powerful that your customers develop love for your brand. Your company is fostering the customer experience through consistently delightful shopping experiences.

Advocate of the Year Award: Steven Rush, Holiday Companies

The MnRA Retail Advocate of the Year Award recognizes an individual or company that has excelled in grassroots advocacy on behalf of retail. The Advocate of the Year inspires others to make a difference by engaging their elected officials in discussions and promoting policies that support retail in MN.

Academic Partner of the Year: University of St. Thomas

Recognizes a outstanding retail academic partner.